Travel on the world's finest railway from Russia to China

Come along on an awe-inspiring adventure traversing three great nations - Russia, Mongolia and China. From the opulence of Moscow and St Petersburg to the grace of imperial Beijing, travel along the most famous railway in the world through the heartland of Siberia and the vast grassy steppe of Mongolia - this trip showcases rail travel at its finest.

St Petersburg, Russia
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
855kg pp per trip


  • Lose yourself in the lavish architecture of St Petersburg
  • Explore the cute cottages and crumbling cathedrals of Suzdal
  • Stop in and see Lenin in his Moscow mausoleum
  • Unwind and watch the world go by aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Savour Siberian hospitality on a Lake Baikal homestay
  • Journey across the vast grasslands of Mongolia
  • Stand atop the greatest wall of all in China
  • Wander through the immense no longer Forbidden City
  • Meet a whirlwind of activity in busy Beijing


Begin this Trans-Mongolian odyssey in St Petersburg, the shining star of modern Russia. After a boat tour along the city’s canals and waterways, pick up some basic Russian in a language class. The illustrious Hermitage Museum is a great place to visit for its collection of artistic treasures, or maybe just wander about, admiring the Baroque architecture and European atmosphere of the city.
Experience how Suzdal, part of Russia's Golden Ring of ancient capitals, holds a millennium's worth of Russian history. Venture down rustic lanes and be enchanted by medieval monasteries and cathedrals while on a walking tour. Relax by the riverside with a glass of medovukha, a local tipple made from honey.
Travel to the enigmatic city of Moscow, a mixture of Orthodox churches, communist relics and brash capitalism. Visit Lenin's Mausoleum and the Armoury Museum in the Kremlin, then meander through Red Square, and perhaps peek inside the iconic St Basil's Cathedral.
Take a last wander around the city, or stock up on supplies, before descending into Moscow's magnificent metro and heading to Yaroslavsky Station. From here begins the epic journey that is the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Head to the world's largest freshwater lake, Baikal. Stay on Baikal's tranquil banks for a firsthand experience of life in remote, provincial Russia. While here, why not get steamy in a traditional Russian sauna.
Wander the streets of Irkutsk and see both traditional Siberian buildings and stark communist-era architecture. Delve into romantic local history at the Volkonsky House Museum - the former home of the 'Princess of Siberia', Maria Volkonsky. Depart the land of Lenin and venture into the grasslands of Ghengis Khan on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Learn about Mongolia's turbulent history at some of Ulaanbaatar's fine museums, monasteries and palaces. Spend an unforgettable night in a nomadic ger camp in the magnificent Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's the chance to don an apron and help to prepare a classic meal of buuz – Mongolian dumplings - before returning to Ulaanbaatar to stock up on supplies for the rail journey to Beijing.
Revel in Beijing's wealth of historical sights and cultural attractions. Stand atop the Great Wall and marvel at the might of the Middle Kingdom before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Beijing city for a final spot of sightseeing. While here, a delicious meal of Peking duck is an absolute must.
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11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
Ger (1 night), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Bolshoye Goloustnoye - Banya (Russian sauna)
  • Ger Camp - Cooking class
  • Ger Camp - Terelj National Park
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Irkutsk - Central Market
  • Irkutsk - Decembrists Museum
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • St Petersburg - Boat tour
  • Suzdal - Guided Walking Tour
  • Suzdal - Russian Meal and Traditional Pastry Baking Demonstration
  • Ulaanbaatar - Ger district walking tour


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Trans-Mongolian Experience , August 2015

Trans-Mongolian Experience , August 2015